After years of visiting numerous doctors who couldn’t tell me why I’d get random episodes of brain fog and fatigue, or why my digestion and immunity were so out of wack, I finally found a crew of integrative doctors who checked out my whole body picture.
Since being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s autoimmune hypothyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, intestinal candida, and leaky gut, I’ve been following a plant-based diet and have eliminated all gluten, dairy, sugars, processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine. It took baby steps to get here. With each step, I noticed my energy soaring, my brain fog clearing, my thyroid rebalancing, my digestive system working the way it should, and my immune system getting stronger. I can tell you from experience that cleaning up the toxic load inside your body isn’t a one-step, juice cleanse quick fix.
If you’re looking to change your diet, digestive health, and immunity for the long-term, I can tell you from honest experience that this total body cleanse is the way to go! It follows the Ayurvedic principle that all disease originates from improper elimination of toxins through the digestive system.
1. Eat real, whole foods.
A clean diet consists of food that is organic, grown without hormones and pesticides, isn’t processed, and doesn’t contain refined sugars. Read labels on everything – if it has more than four ingredients and contains things you aren’t familiar with, it’s not worth eating. Kris Carr suggests, “If it’s made in a lab it takes a lab to digest. If it has a shelf life longer than you, don’t eat it.”
2. Go alkaline!
An alkaline diet fights inflammation! Start small: have a green juice a day. A daily shot of E3-live will make you a clean, energized green machine. A diet rich in alkaline organic vegetables, green juices and smoothies, and supplements like chlorophyll, chlorella, and spirulina will support strong immune and digestive health. Drinking warm lemon water throughout the day stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis — the waves of muscle contractions that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. Contrary to intuition, lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, as the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
3. Detox your home.
Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, and neurotoxicity, and we are exposed to these ingredients routinely, increasing our risk for these health problems. Chronic exposure adds to the body’s “toxic burden,” the number of chemicals stored in its tissues at a given time.
4. Sweat it out, baby.
Make it your priority to sweat daily. My favorite activities are yoga, detox baths, saunas, and running or spinning. Yoga detoxifies the lymph system, strengthens the immune system, and supports digestive health. When you’re on your mat, you notice everything about your body. You notice how you’re moving, if you have an off day where you feel heavy jumping from Down Dog to Uttanasana, you’ll realize that maybe the three-cheese pizza you ate last night was a bad idea. You become aware of your nutrition, your digestion, your skin, your muscles, everything.
After years of digestive distress, this five-step plan has worked for me to get my immune system strong, my thyroid levels rebalanced, and my belly happy.
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